Kane, Dawson, Griffiths: Stereo Stories’ final concert for 2017

Almanackers Rick Kane and Smokie Dawson will be part of the final Stereo Stories concert for 2017, at the Newport Bowls Club on Saturday evening 25 November. They’ll be joined by author Andy Griffiths, writer Rijn Collins, essayist Nick Gadd and The Stereo Stories Band.

Smokie + iPod shuffle = Stereo Story

Smokie Dawson wrangles with his iPod shuffle after giving up on streaming and finds that, through some technogical osmosis (personalised algorithms?) your favourite songs always look after you.

Almanac Music (Stereo Stories): Neil Young

Damian Balassone nominates his all-time favourite Neil Young song via a yarn about share-houses, possums’ arses, grunge and Dixons second-hand record store in Blackburn.

Postcard from the mixing desk

Stereo Stories now has postcards, designed by none other than Chris Rees (the man behind the fabulous Footy Enigmas designs).

Almanac Music: Cattle And Cane Stereo Story

John Butler (the pioneering Almanacker, not the muso with a trio) makes his Stereo Stories debut with a story inspired by Cattle And Cane by The Go-Betweens: a series of finely-crafted vignettes stemming from a trip last year to the Far North.

First kiss: New Year’s Eve poem for an unknown song

Vin Maskell shifts the goalposts a little in this short poem about a long ago New Year’s Eve, a kiss, and table-tennis.

Stereo Story: Status Quo and Black Saturday

Rick Parfitt, singer and rhythm guitarist with Status Quo, died on December 24, aged 68.

Our partner site, Stereo Stories, pays tribute via a story about listening to Status Quo in the aftermath of surviving the Black Saturday bushfires.

Stereo Story: making sense of Making Gravy

As a young teenager Cassandra Atkinson enjoyed but misunderstood the Paul Kelly song How To Make Gravy. Then things changed.

Almanac Music: Rick Kane and Culture Club

Rick Kane first heard Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? many years ago. The moment still resonates. This Soundcloud recording of Rick recalling that moment, accompanied by the Stereo Stories Band, is from a show at the Willi Lit Fest in 2015.

Almanac Music: ‘Smokie’ Dawson and The Stereo Stories Band

‘Smokie’ Dawson’s Stereo Story about young love and Before Too Long is always a hit at Stereo Stories concerts. Here is Smokie and the band at the 2016 Williamstown Literary Festival.

Almanac Music: Anson Cameron, friendship, and The Kill Devil Hills

Anson Cameron’s debut Stereo Story is honest to the bare bones: Rare times, he writes, a hole opens in a life and a song appears from nowhere to fill it, explain it, exploit it.

Stereo Stories next gig next Sunday

Stereo Stories’ second show of the year is next Sunday, 3 April, at Williamstown Library

Summer Stereo Story – beach house records, part 2

Vin Maskell continues tracing the history of his family’s record collection, with cameos this week from The Screaming Tribesmen and The Girl From Ipanema.

The more I look at my list of nine columns the more I realise that none of the records belong to anyone anymore. They are not mine or my brothers’ or my sisters’ or my parents’. Or my brother’s wife’s. They belong to the beach-house at Moggs Creek.

Almanac Music: Stereo Stories Live at Geelong Library

Stereo Stories is kicking off 2016 in style: our first gig of the year is at the exciting new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.

Join us for 90 minutes of music and memoir on Sunday afternoon 7 February.

Almanac Music: almost alone at a Mick Thomas gig

Duets are really meant for two. Even poorly sung it needs two voices. Just like going to a Mick Thomas gig. I shouldn’t be here alone. I should be here with Steve.

Almanac Music: A good night for the roses at Stereo Stories’ latest gig

Stereo Stories’ fifth gig in less than four months was at Victoria University’s Footscray Park Campus on Thursday evening 30 July. A night of new stories and lovely musicianship. Vin Maskell was there.

Almanac Music: Stereo fun at Newport Folk Festival

Smokie Dawson and his Stereo Stories colleagues kept the laughs coming during a 45 minute bracket at the Newport Folk Festival in Melbourne on Sunday 5 July.

Summertime at Stereo Stories

Stereo Stories, a partner site of The Footy Almanac, is all about music and memoir. Lately the site has featured several stories by Almanackers, including Colin Ritchie and a close encounter with Elton John Damian Balassone in Goondiwindi with the music of Conway Twitty Phil Dimitriadis facing very serious demons in Greece in 1996 Rick [Read more]